Obituary Geoff Callan NARPO Essex Remembers
It is with sadness I notify you that Geoff Callan sadly passed away on 5th May 2020 following a long battle with cancer. He was based at Essex Police HQ for many years prior to transferring to the City of London. Although colleagues are not permitted to attend the funeral due to the current restrictions his daughter Sarah has asked me to circulate the following :-
Sue and I have been overwhelmed by the many messages of condolence and support that we have received from my Dad’s family, friends and colleagues. We are so grateful.
My Dad’s cremation service will be held on Thursday 21st May at 3pm and I know there are many that will be raising a glass to him at this time. I am very pleased to tell you that the service will be conducted by Monsignor Tony McDermott, a very good friend of my Dad’s. We are also extremely grateful to Dave Bright, a long term friend of my Dad’s (they first met when my Dad joined the Southend Borough Constabulary in 1968) who has arranged the Essex Police drape (or flag), a City of London police cap and a Southend Borough white helmet for the coffin. Dave will also be reading the eulogy, along with my Dad’s cousin, Colin Peacock. Therefore, although the service may be a little smaller than we had originally planned, my Dad will be honoured by those close to him.
As there are so many people who cannot come to the cremation service (due to the current restrictions), we plan to hold a memorial service in the future where we can all come together and celebrate my Dad’s life and his many achievements. I will, of course, keep you informed.
Some people have asked if there is a charity that they can donate to in my Dad’s memory. There are so many charitable organisations that became involved in supporting my Dad, Sue and I that we have had some difficulty choosing just one. Therefore, we have come up with 3 charities, all of which are important to us, and if you would like to make a donation to one of them, we would be very grateful. They are:
The Cynthia Spencer Hospice – This hospice was responsible for my Dad’s palliative care in the community and he had the most amazing nurse overseeing this care, who was an incredible source of support to my Dad and Sue. My Dad spent the last 6 days of his life in this hospice where he was given the most wonderful care by very kind and supportive staff. We are particularly grateful that they allowed Sue to remain by his side.
Macmillan Cancer Support – The Macmillan nurses at Northampton hospital have helped us so much over the last year. Not only have they provided emotional support, but they have also helped us by organising things at a time when the last thing we needed to do was make numerous phone calls. When Dad was in hospital, recently they helped so much by finding out information that we were struggling to obtain due to the strain on resources caused by the pandemic.
Pancreatic Cancer UK – Currently, less than 7% of people diagnosed with pancreatic cancer will survive beyond 5 years. We need more research into this cruel disease to provide a brighter future for those diagnosed with it.
Geoff was a member of Chelmsford Narpo Branch